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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Last Weekend Ride Report

So, last weekend I get the urge to go rambling.  I head up toward town - hwy 18 north to Brandon.  I go across 80, take a left at the T, take a right at the four-way onto El Dorado road and the left to get onto the new 4-lane cut-through to Dogwood Festival on hwy 25.  I take that onto Old Fannin and turn left onto Spillway road, then a right onto Harbor drive.

Here is where it gets interesting.  I took a right at the end of Harbor drive, thinking there was a on-ramp to the Trace back there.  There isn't and I'm not sure why I thought there was, but I headed that way up Rice road.  It was a pretty fun ride, nice curves and such.  I took a left at the light onto St. Augustine road and then and left onto Old Canton Road at Strawberry Patch Park.  Passing the private airport on the left, I saw the big Baptist church on the right - there was a group of motorcycles, led by a trike, coming out of the parking lot and pulling in front of me.

Awkward, right?  You don't want to just fall in with a group and act like you're a part of them, but you don't want to just slow down and fall back just to avoid them.  I was hoping they were not headed north on the Trace like I was.  So, they passed the Trace on-ramp and I took it... awkward averted.  Until I realized that this on-ramp was a South-Only ramp.  No signs indicating that - no signs indicating the Trace at all on Old Canton coming from Madison.  I just knew that was about the spot to get on the Trace as I saw the Trace bridge.  Well, as I hit South, I saw the group of riders hit the Northbound side.  Yeah, that would have been weird.

So, I keep on to the next point of interest - the Craft Center.  I turn around and head back North.  I stop at the Overlook briefly to take a sip of my Monster Rehab Green Tea.  Then back on the Trace toward the Cypress Swamp!

I realized about that time that I had left my long lens at home and only had the 35mm with me.  Aaarrrggghhh!

I did get some okay shots though :

So, I go on up toward Riverbend.  Then I recall someone mentioning Ratliff Ferry as a motorcycle hangout.  So, I skip Riverbend, setting myself up for a long ride.  Just as I settled in, there was Ratliff Ferry on the right.  It is kind of a longish road to the Trading Post, but there is a big parking lot and picnic tables a store and a "bar" with a live band that day.  I got a Gatorade from the store and sat down at the picnic table just outside.  There were motorcycles parked and a large group of people - including, I think, the group from the church - hanging out under a shade tree.

Now, I'm not a very outgoing person.  I'm shy and socially awkward.  Nervous even.  So, basically, I just sat there and watched.  I didn't want to try to insert myself into a conversation - though I almost commented on one guy's shirt that was pretty cool, it said " Cars Suck " - and I didn't go stand around on the edges like I belonged.  I consider that I pulled a 13th Warrior - standing on the bow of the ship to give the locals time to decide whether I was real or an apparition.  I may do that a few more times.  :)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

#mynameanagramsto - Just for Fun

I saw this on Twitter.

So, I tried it.

My Name - Bobby Kearan - Anagrams To :

A Baby Broken

Try yours at Internet Anagram Server or Anagram Genius.

Anagram Genius spits out one - A Baby Broken - but IAS gives you lots of options.

Here are some of my IAS results : ( I've rearranged the ones in italics to make more sense )

A Baby Broken - Wow... I feel so exposed right now...

A Bye Bar Knob - What do you say we get outta here?
A Barb By Keno - Keno is slinging some harsh words, yo!
Ye Knob A Barb - Having sex with a superficial blonde woman?
A Bare Knobby - Kind of illicit.
A Bark Be Bony
A Bone By Bark
A Bark By Bone   
A Bear Knobby - It's big I tells ya, big as a bear!!
A Bye Bra Knob - What do you say you get outta that thing?
A Kebab By Nor
Yak Born Abbe
No Bark Abbey  - A name for a manor?
Abbey Bark On
Yak Born Babe
Baby Ark Bone
No Baby Baker
Baby Baker On
Baby Boar Ken
No Brake Baby 
Baby Brake On
No Break Baby 
Baby On Break
Bark Bane Boy - Don't make that noise around me!
Bar Any Kebob
Aye Barb Knob
By Barb En Oak 
By Oaken Barb - A sharp oak stick is all I need to take ye down!
Bare Knob Bay  - Interesting place for a vacation!
Bark Bay Bone
Barn Be By Oak  - Where is the barn??
Barn Ya Kebob - Another way to say Stable Your Stallion or Zip Your Pants!!
Bean Bark Boy
Bear Bank Boy
Bear Bay Knob
Bear Yank Bob - And so, Bob goes up to the bear and yanks on his tail!!
Brake Ban Boy - "I ain't got no brakes and thats the way I like it!!"
Bran Oak Be By
Break Ban Boy
Kabob Near By - There is always a skewer of grilled meat a veggies somewhere close...
Kebab Barony - King of the Grill beware!!
Oak Ran Ebb By

Adding my middle name into AG comes up with 'Bleak or by banana' - which makes no sense whatsoever.